PARENTS

An Alarming Number Of Kids Are Drinking Hand Sanitizer

03/07/2017 09:58 EST | Updated 03/07/2017 10:02 EST

It might be time to get kids to wash their hands with soap.

A new study found that thousands of American kids have gotten sick from drinking hand sanitizer.

The new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that over a three-year period, 70,669 children in the U.S. aged 12 or under consumed the alcohol-based product, either intentionally or unintentionally, and reported getting ill.

According to the report, most of the cases were due to kids drinking the hand sanitizer, most likely because they were attracted to the pleasant smell and for the alcoholic effects, although some kids got it in their eyes.

Alcoholic hand sanitizers often contain between 60 per cent and 95 per cent ethanol or isopropyl alcohol by volume, the report states.

Those who consumed the product reported negative side effects including vomiting and abdominal pain.

Watch the video above to learn more about the study.

Also on HuffPost

15 Children's Health Studies All Parents Should Read